He was educated at Eton and then went up to Cambridge.
His club career began and ended with Old Etonians. Unfortunately, he missed the team"s 1879 Field Artillery Cup final triumph through injury. Also in 1879, Anderson made his sole appearance for the England team, playing in goal (his usual position being that of a forward) against Wales.
The match was hampered by snowy conditions and the game was reduced to just sixty minutes of play.
The game ended 2-1 to England. In March 1889, Anderson married Amy Harland and they went on to have five children.